Multiplication Websites

Multiplication

Games at Multiple Levels

X Facts in Word Problems
Hooda Math-Multiplication

Mixed Games from Multiplication.com
(Carl’s Cookies= commutative property; Quick Flash and Flash Fun= flashcards)Fact Videos: practice your facts by watching a movie designed to remind you about each product!
Quizzes: Test yourself on hard factors and track your progress!

Who Wants to Be a Mathionaire?

***November 7 Important Highlights & Reminders

Dear Parents,
It was great to see so many of you during our fall conferences.  Thank you again for coming.  Your children continue to work hard and I am so proud of their efforts in all that we do!

Here is what is going on in school:
Reading-
During whole group reading lessons students will:
Become familiar with all parts of a fiction story and different story elements.  We will also be discussing main idea and supporting details in the upcoming weeks.

During small group reading instruction students will be working with me on leveled texts to best meet their needs, independent writing & word work, computer activities, along with having the opportunity to “Read to Self” and continue to visit the library independently.

Social Studies
This week we started our CHINA UNIT and will be learning about the many contributions of Ancient China. This a review for many students so they should be pros by the time we complete our unit.

Math-
We pretested on Monday for Multiplication and the students will be learning different rules and strategies to help them all master multiples of 0, 1, 2, 5 & 10. They will be exposed to other multiples over the next few weeks, but will only be responsible for mastering the ones listed above. We will test on Monday, November 19. Although we have moved on to multiplication, we will continue to practice addition and subtraction in class.  Please continue to practice these important concepts at home too!

Language Arts/Writing-
In writing we are and will be working on verbs, friendly letters, and persuasive paragraphs.  Be looking out for a “Turkey” to be coming home soon for a persuasive writing activity.

Word Study

Will pick up next week!   Students should be coming home with and working on their “Spelling Menus” Monday-Thursday. Menus are due on Friday of that week and students will have their Spelling Test on that day, as well.

Important Dates-

November 9-VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM (9:00)

November 13- Field trip to see, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”- Students need to bring a snack and pack a lunch and a drink on this day!!

November 15- Make-Up Picture Day

November 15- SPES MATH NIGHT!

Thanks again for all of your support in all that we do!
Mrs. West

S.T.E.A.M. in REAL LIFE!

Here is the link for S.T.E.A.M. in REAL LIFE!!

Highlight the link….then right click and you should be able to get to the web page.  Let me know if you have any issues.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ED0n6O6Jd8JpSBv4whhfflmkeNG1H6thx3_ehBGfEH4/viewform?edit_requested=true

***October 16- Important Highlights & Reminders***

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe we are almost done with the first nine weeks of school! Your children continue to work very hard and I am so proud of their continued efforts in all that we do.

Here is what is going on in school:

Reading-
During whole group reading lessons students will:
Continue to read and demonstrate comprehension of nonfiction texts, preview and use text features, and ask and answer questions about what is read.
The students will also demonstrate comprehension of information from a variety of print and electronic resources. They will use a table of contents, indices, charts, fliers, recipes, and how to….functional texts.
During small group reading instruction students will begin to start working with me on leveled texts to best meet their needs, independent writing & word work, computer activities, along with having the opportunity to “Read to Self” and continue to visit the library independently.

Social Studies-
This week we started our MAPS UNIT. Students will develop map skills by:
A) positioning and labeling the seven continents and five oceans to create a world map B) using the Equator and Prime Meridian to identify the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Hemispheres
Key Terms they will need to know are:
North America, South America. Asia, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, Australia
Pacific, Atlantic, Southern, Arctic, Indian Oceans
Hemisphere
Prime Meridian
Equator
Students came home with new vocabulary words today (in their SS section of their binder) and will have a quiz next Tuesday, October 23rd on these words.

Math-
We continue to work on our Addition and Subtraction unit. This is such an important LIFE SKILL! The students have worked very hard on computation using addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping), rounding, and estimating. Please continue to practice the important concept of addition and subtraction at home!

Language Arts/Writing-
In writing we continue to work on expository writing about our Animals (Informative writing).  After our research in the library, and getting a lot of information about our animals, we are still working on writing our research papers using complete sentences, with elaboration and detail, to form a well written paragraph.

Word Study- Students should be coming home with and working on their “Spelling Menus” Monday-Thursday. Menus are due on Friday and students will have their Spelling Test on that day, as well.

Important Dates-
This week is “Success Week”! Tomorrow is “College Day”, so get that college gear on and show your spirit!  Thursday is dress as your favorite book character, and Friday is wear your “Stinger Wear” or Stinger colors (blue & yellow)

Thanks again for all of your support in all that we do!
Mrs. West

 

Place Value Games

Dear Parents,

Third graders are expected to know place value through the hundred thousands. These games will reinforce needed skills.

Penguin Place Value

Fruit Shoot 

Toon University
GamequariumReview
2-Step Word Problems-Kahoot
Mixed Review- Kahoot

Play the Pirate Rounding game to practice rounding.

Have fun!!

Mrs. West

 

Stinger Fund

Dear Parents,

Safety continues to be Short Pump Elementary School’s number 1 priority, and this year, we hope that you can support us in this effort as well. Please consider donating to the Stinger Fund, which is comprised of direct donations to support instruction, and this year safety, as well. We need to raise over at least $15,000 collectively to reach our goal. The Stinger Fund covers instructional materials for classrooms that the PTA financially provides each year and will allows all teachers to have a walkie talkie, an enhanced security measure. Thank you for consideration!

Mrs. West

**September 19, 2018-Important Highlights & Reminders**

Dear Parents,

I hope that your children are continuing to come home with exciting news about their school day and excitement about the learning ahead. This is a very sweet and enthusiastic group of students, and I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with them!
The last three weeks have been busy working on setting the tone of our classroom and sharing my expectations with the students. We will continue to learn procedures for classroom centers and rotations in math and reading. It is imperative that each child is able to follow these procedures and expectations during center time so that I am able to work with students in small groups. Small group instruction allows me to differentiate instruction and provide the best education to meet your child’s specific individual learning needs. When students are not following these expectations, it takes away from others learning, and their own learning. Based on their responses to our rules and expectations, I am confident that we will maintain a classroom where everyone respects each other’s “Right to Learn!”

Graded papers will be sent home on Friday, 9/21. Please review the papers, keep them, sign the green sheet on the outside of the envelope, and return the envelope next week.  I will be using this envelope all school year!

Please remember to send a healthy snack in with your child every day.  They may have plastic water bottles at their desk, too. If anyone would like to donate a large container of pretzels or Goldfish to the class, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

What are we learning…
Math: We took our Place Value pre-test today!  Students will be working on ordering larger numbers, comparing numbers (<,>,=), and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 1,000. Please review these important concepts with your child at home. Thank you!

Reading: This Friday, students will take the M.A.P.S. Reading Test (Measuring Academic Progress). From this valuable tool, along with running records from Fountas & Pinnell, I will begin to form my small reading groups, as well as incorporate the “Daily 5” in my instruction. More information to follow soon. Our reading focus skills over the next few weeks are setting a purpose for reading, connecting self to text, comprehension, and the importance of asking & answering questions in fictional text.

Word Study/Spelling: Students will take home their 1st set of words on Monday and will have to complete 3 homework assignments during the week (our “Spelling Menu”). Thursday evening, students should study their words and do a practice spelling test. I DO NOT need the practice test turned in! Menu assignments will be due ALTOGETHER on Friday. Finally, the Word Study/Spelling Tests will also be on Friday. Please make sure your child brings their Word Study/Spelling Notebook to school daily starting next week!

English/Writing: We have been and will continue to focus our attention on writing complete sentences, proper punctuation, subjects, and predicates. We will also be working on singular & plural nouns, as well as continuing to work on creative writing, as we respond to stories in our Reading Response Journals.

Science: We started our 3 week ANIMAL science unit this week. Information should have come home with your child yesterday about all of the concepts we will be learning during this unit.  Students will also be learning key vocabulary and vocabulary index cards should be coming home nightly for review and brought back to school each day.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT- Thursday, September 20 at 6:30….Hope to see you all tomorrow night!

FAMILY PIZZA NIGHT- Friday, September 28 5:30-7:30
STUDENT HOLIDAY- Columbus Day- MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
FALL PICTURE DAY- Wednesday., OCTOBER 10

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for all of your support in all that we do!

Mrs. West

 

Welcome Back!!

Dear Parents,

Hello! Thank you so much to those of you who could make it to Open House today.  I really enjoyed meeting you, and all of your children, and I am looking forward to a great school year!!

It’s hard to believe the days of summer are coming to a quick close and that we are beginning a new school year on Tuesday, September 4th!!  I am VERY excited to start working with all of your children and to get to know all of you.

You can always reach me after school at SPES (360-0812) or by e-mail at kswest@henrico.k12.va.us
Wishing you all a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Kim West